Earlier this week, a woman from Atlanta sparked outrage on social media after publicly announcing that she quit her job to breastfeed her 36-year-old bodybuilder boyfriend.
Jennifer Mulford claimed she wanted to start an ‘Adult Breastfeeding Relationship’ with her partner Brad Leeson after reading about the bond breastfeeding could create between two people.
And on Thursday morning, the pair appeared on Melbourne radio show Matt & Meshel on KIIS 101.1, to talk about their daily regime and clear up any rumours.
‘We are on a time schedule,’ Brad told hosts Meshel Laurie and Matt Tilley. ‘We try for every two hours no more than every three hours.’
Because Jennifer is yet to successfully induce lactation, the couple are sticking to their strict schedule and said it doesn’t matter where they are.
‘It could be standing up, it could be we lay in the bed or I come home for lunch and she’s on the couch,’ Brad said.
And when asked whether it was a ‘sexual’ thing for the pair, Brad said ‘to an extent.’
‘It’s more of a personal bond, it’s more of a commitment, more of an intimacy… two people becoming one,’ he said.
‘But what man doesn’t like a nice set of boobs in his mouth?’
Jennifer then added that the breastfeeding would lead to sex ‘six out of seven times.’
‘It’s a natural bond between a man and a woman… there’s nothing more relaxing than having him latch on, nothing at all.’
Brad also shut down claims that he acted like a baby and said he enjoyed it purely because it was a great ‘bonding’ experience and because he has always been ‘fascinated with boobs.’
‘We don’t play the role play where I dress up in diapers or bibs or pacifiers… none of that,’ he said.
Brad admitted he was open to publicly breastfeeding but that Jennifer was unsure.
‘She is not willing to but I’m very open, I’m not out to please anyone. I am my own person at the end of the day… I make me happy and I make her happy,’ he said.
Speaking to The Sun Jennifer admitted to using dating sites and Craigslist to try and find a partner open to the practice, but eventually mentioned the idea to her former childhood sweetheart, Brad.
‘It was like a light switched flicked in his head. I could tell from his voice that he was curious and excited,’ she said, before opening up about the first time the pair tried it.
‘At that moment I knew that I had a partner for life… we both wanted the same thing out of the relationship – a magical bond that only breastfeeding can achieve.’
Jennifer, whose own daughter is now 20, has to ‘dry’ breastfeed Brad regularly to induce lactation and fool her body into thinking she has had a baby.
‘I’ve taken a break from my job because I want to devote everything to making this work,’ she said, adding that she often uses a pump or her hand during the night.
She claims she is also taking a herbal pill and added flax seeds to her diet which are thought to help with milk supply.
Brad is said to be ‘excited’ about the health benefits as he is a ‘gym buff’.
Jennifer said the feeding also helps Brad to let his ‘guard down’ behind closed doors and not have to worry about being an ‘alpha male.’
She also said it’s not something they would ever do in public as it is a ‘very private’ aspect of their lives.
But despite this, Jennifer and Brad’s decision to publicly share their story has been slammed on social media, with many claiming the story is false, and others accusing Jennifer of ‘sexualising’ breastfeeding.
‘It’s idiots like these two that are making it difficult for breastfeeding mothers to do so publicly without shame or ridicule. They are only increasing the sexualisation of breastfeeding. There are NO medical benefits for adults to consume breast milk. Breast milk is for babies,’ one woman wrote on Facebook.
‘Each to their own but this is disgusting! People look at me funny when I say I am breastfeeding a two year old! And then people like this completely tarnishes the breastfeeding name!! Its NOT sexual. Its to nourish a baby!’ Another agreed.
‘I don’t believe this, it sounds like an April Fool’s joke. There’s nothing about this that is okay,’ one wrote.